Sambharam (Spiced Yogurt Drink)

Sambharam is a refreshing yogurt drink popular in South India. It is very similar to it’s North-Indian counterpart as far as the ingredients are concerned but they are very different in consistency and flavors, The Ginger in the Sambaram is cooling as is the light buttermilk – perfect for the summer heat. With soaring temperatures, this light and flavorful concoction is the perfect beverage to cool the body and soul.

Serves – 2


Yogurt – 3/4 cup
Water – 1 1/4 cup
Ginger Pieces – to taste
Green Chilies – to taste
Lemon Grass or Lime/Lemon Leaves – few pieces
Asafoetida – pinch
Salt – to taste
Curry Leaves – few


1. Blend Water and Yogurt to make a smooth liquid.
2. Roughly pound or crush Green Chilies, Ginger and Lemon Grass with a mortal and pestal and add it to the yogurt mixture.
3. Add Asafoetida, Salt and roughly torn Curry Leaves.
4. Mix well and serve over ice.

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0 thoughts on “Sambharam (Spiced Yogurt Drink)

  1. Hello Hetal and Anuja,

    I have been looking at your receipes and all of them are awesome, I am a Sri Lankan mother living in Canada. You both are pleasing everyone in a great way. Thank you so much
    for sharing your receipes and your time.

    In return, may I wish you both and your family with good health and all the best in your
    future endeavours. Anuja, even though you are going to be moving back, you could still
    show more delicious receipes from India. You both are admirable. Keep up your good work.
    May god’s blessings with you.

    with kind regards,


  2. Thank you for taking time out to make all these videos for us! They are truly amazing!

    But I was wondering if there is anyway you can do videos on how to make different types of massalas like chaat massala, garam massala, ect….

    I know it is easier to buy them at the store but I would much prefer to make them fresh if possible.

    Thank you!

  3. Hello Hetal and Anuja,

    I loved this drink. I watch your videos often. Keep it up. Good job.

    You can easily grow lemon grass as house plant. Just buy green/fresh lemon grass stalks from grocery store and put it in a flower vase filled with water. In a few days it will root. Plant it in a pot filled with potting soil and you will have plant in couple of weeks. Use it as needed.

  4. Hii Hetal & Anuja,

    enjoy watching your cooking…wanted to make a request can you please introduce some vegetable/chicken panini recipes.

  5. Hi,
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes.Please can you tell(any idea) any popular stores in US which carry lemon grass.Did u guys buy it from Walmart??

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Seena,

      We have seen lemon grass in Walmart, but the geographic location (and ethnic makeup of surrounding areas) of Walmart dictates what type of items it sells. Lemon grass is almost always available at oriental stores.

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